International Datacasting Corporation

International Datacasting Corporation


November 01, 2006 14:22 ET

SES AMERICOM Selects IDC's Next-Generation DVB-S2 Receivers For IP-PRIME'TM' IPTV

IP-PRIME to be Showcased at Telco TV, Booth 220

OTTAWA, CANADA AND PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2006) - International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) and SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), today announced the integration of IDC's next-generation DVB-S2 satellite receivers aboard the IP·PRIMETM IPTV service. As part of a newly-signed agreement, IDC is the exclusive provider of satellite receivers over the initial year of IP-PRIME service rollouts.

The IDC receivers feature state-of-the-art DVB-S2 technologies to maximize IPTV delivery over satellite bandwidth. SES AMERICOM is also using IDC IP encapsulators and custom engineering and network management in support of IP-PRIME, a centralized IPTV distribution solution enabling telcos to securely and affordably deliver broadcast quality television to customer homes across the country.

IP·PRIME programming originates from the SES AMERICOM IPTV Broadcast Center based in Vernon Valley, New Jersey, where video and audio will be received and processed for distribution via the AMC-9 satellite and fiber to telco video hubs nationwide. IDC receivers will be installed at the IP-PRIME hubs, where programming is either handed off to telcos or delivered all the way to IPTV set top boxes in consumer homes.

"IP-PRIME is the clear leader in IPTV distribution nationwide. Telephone companies large and small have entrusted IP-PRIME to deliver their IPTV services, backed by a reliable backbone that incorporates the best IPTV technology providers in the world," said Alan Young, chief technology officer for SES AMERICOM. "Innovators like IDC with its DVB-S2 receivers have come together to support SES AMERICOM's cutting-edge IP-PRIME solution, which is available today."

IDC President and CEO Ron Clifton commented, "We are very pleased and proud to be involved in this important project. SES AMERICOM has put together a first-class team and IP·PRIMETM is setting the standard for this industry. We work hard to stay ahead of the curve in new technologies and we are excited to see our efforts to be first to market with a cost-effective DVB-S2 solution pay off."


The fully-managed IP-PRIME solution brings together the world's leading IPTV components and technology partners-including Globecomm, Harmonic, NDS, Scientific-Atlanta, International Datacasting Corporation and Siemens-creating an end-to-end service with encoding, middleware, scrambling/descrambling, content protection, conditional access, satellite receivers, service management and integration services. More than 30 television programmers and networks representing more than 120 channels to date have signed IP-PRIME transport agreements, marking the programming community's overwhelming approval of the secure IPTV service. Currently providing beta trial service to telcos of all sizes throughout the country, IP-PRIME is set for commercial deployment early next year. The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which supports rural utilities offering services to millions of U.S. households, is in the advanced stages of end-to-end IP-PRIME field trials in three states, while BellSouth has been testing the IP-PRIME headend solution for nearly a year.

About AMC-9

IP-PRIME is delivered via SES AMERICOM's AMC-9 satellite, which is ideally suited for delivering critical services with its high power C-Band payload and high service availability across the US. SES AMERICOM's industry-leading record of reliability enables the innovator to provide the carrier class service that telcos expect. AMC-9 is one of more than 40 satellites in the SES GLOBAL fleet.


The largest supplier of satellite services in the U.S., SES AMERICOM is recognized as a pioneer of global satellite communications services. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its first satellite, the company today operates a fleet of 18 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas. As a member of the SES GLOBAL family, SES AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region of the world via a fleet of 44 satellites. In addition, AMERICOM Government Services, a wholly owned subsidiary, is dedicated to providing satellite-based communications solutions to both civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. government. With its combined operations, SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communication and content distribution solutions.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

IDC (TSX:IDC) provides advanced products, systems and services for the implementation of broadband wireless infrastructure networks used to distribute multimedia data. IDC is at the forefront of delivering IP-based datacasting solutions via satellite and content distribution technologies. IDC's products are in demand for high-speed Internet infrastructure, enterprise networks, distance learning, broadcast and other multimedia content distribution applications. IDC is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Canada Export Award for Innovation and Technology Achievement. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and has a European base of operations as PROFline B.V. located in Arnhem, the Netherlands IDC has an established international network of partners and distributors and installations in more than 75 countries worldwide. Visit IDC on the web at and .

This press release contains forward-looking statements that may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, competitive developments, risks associated with IDC's growth, the development of the satellite datacasting market, regulatory risks, intellectual property infringement and other factors. IDC assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC's financial and business results is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

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